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Brainerd teacher heads to Japan for professional development

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Brainerd High School teacher Riley Bogema will travel to San Francisco as a participant in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), hosted by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan).  Bogema was competitively selected from a national pool of more than 100 educators to earn this honor.  The bi-nationally-funded program for U.S. teachers takes place in two parts: a Joint Conference with Japanese teachers in San Francisco, May 3-6, and a study tour to Japan in June and July.  Focused on the theme of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the program aims to deepen mutual understanding and strengthen the relationship between Japan and the United States, as well as to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs and enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth's natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The contingent of U.S. teachers will travel in a reciprocal and fully-funded two-week study tour to Japan, where they will learn about Japanese culture, visit Japanese schools focused on ESD, participate in a home stay, and meet again with their Japanese counterparts for a three-day Joint Conference, including workshops and curricular collaboration, in Tokyo. Upon their return to the United States, the teachers will engage in collaborative projects with program counterparts in Japan and the U.S., share what they have learned through the program, and implement refined ESD curricula in their home schools.
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